Donuts

Dry aged New York strip – certified Angus beef prime, textures of sunchoke, petit vegetables, ghost block-huckleberry reduction, black summer truffles.  It was divine!

We were invited to the inaugural Wine & Dine Chef’s Table at American Kitchen Bar & Grill.  This intimate night was dedicated to showcasing the chef’s creativity and talent through an elegant four course tasting menu prepared and served by Executive Chef Venoy Rogers III.  We also had a Certified Sommelier Daniel Castillo taking us through a journey of fine wine pairings.

American Kitchen Bar & Grill is a rustic-chic eatery offering New American eats using a farm-to-table concept.  They source local and sustainable product whenever possible and grow their own greens and herbs as well.  Their menu is a melting pot of multiple influences and techniques with an artisan approach.

We really enjoyed our experience and food at the inaugural Inaugural Wine & Dine Chef’s Table.  We look forward to more Wine & Dine Chef’s Tables in the near future and we hope you give them a try soon.  They are worth checking out and I heard from many people that their Duck Fat Fries are amazing!


The living garden where they harvest all their greens and herbs used that are used to create their signature dishes.


Amuse bouche – foie gras donut.


Certified angus beef tartare – local organic quail egg, capers, Florida citrus, spent grain croutons, cured lake meadows natural egg yolk, garlic flowers, Dijon.

This dish was amazing and it blew my mind.  Tartare is usually prepared cyclindar but this one was rectangular and it was a game changer.


Heirloom beets and local goat cheese – whipped turtle creek goat cheese, beet soil, pistachio, spent grain, wild hibiscus, sunflower-poppy seed vinaigrette.

Ak s’mores – chocolate-espresso cremeux, ancho chile marshmallow, cinnamon, served with coffee.

This dessert was inspired by a camp fire.  It really did make me long for being cozied up at a real camp fire with a cup of coffee in one hand and and cooked s’mores in the other.

Michael D. Allen – manager and amazing host.


The talented Executive Chef Venoy Rogers III.


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Tara Ifill (manager), Khabeer (our kind and gracious server), Alicia (marketing), Molly Meeker (sales maanger), Daniel Castillo (certified sommelier).


Daniel Castillo – our engaging and interactive certified sommelier.


Many thanks to the American Kitchen Bar & Grill crew for hosting us and their superior hospitality!  We felt like family!  Be sure to check them out soon next time you are in the Disney Springs area!

American Kitchen Bar & Grill
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080
http://americankitchenbarandgrill.com

At Duffy’s Sports Grill, Chef Eric Parker allowed us to have a sneak peak of his new healthy spring menu insert at Duffy’s Sports Grill and I am more than happy to share it with you all. The new menu will launch in April and it includes Orange Ginger Mahi, Tuna Poke Stack, Burrata Salad, and Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos.

Burrata Salad – Burrata cheese served with local vine-ripe tomatoes and power greens, finished with balsamic and fig dressing. The greens and tomatoes are very fresh while the balsamic and fig dressing adds a sweet note to the dish. The Burrata cheese is a nice creamy touch and ties all of the flavors together.

Tuna Poke Stack – Ahi Tuna tossed with Duffy’s signature poke sauce stacked with freshly made pineapple salsa and mashed avocados, dusted with nori and tossed sesame seeds, Sriracha smear. Although Duffy’s is known as a sports grill, they do not hide from adding new and unique dishes, such as this. I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh dish and would come back for more!

Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos – 3 mini flour tortillas loaded with marinated grilled shrimp, shredded cabbage, homemade pico de gallo and guacamole. Make sure you ask for lime as it adds a nice citrus touch to the dish and we all know I love lime.

Also, you can’t have your Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos without some tequila!

It was great having a sit down with Chef Eric Parker and a shot of tequila.

Orange Ginger Mahi – is a sweet and lean Mahi Mahi with an orange ginger glaze over stir fried Soba noodles with broccoli, red bell peppers and onion, finished with pineapple salsa. I am not too fond of the Soba noodle flavors, but the Mahi Mahi was pretty great.

Key Lime Pie – cool and creamy key lime filling in a rich graham cracker crust. Duffy’s mentioned how it is an oversized piece of tropical bliss and they were not wrong.

Red Velvet Mini Donuts – red velvet mini donuts spun in sugar and served warm with cream cheese icing for dipping.

The donuts are very fluffy and moist.

As you can tell, this dish is one of my favorite items on the menu.

Duffy’s wouldn’t be Duffy’s with some delicious drinks. They are adding Effen Cucumber Martini and St-Germaine Cooler to their drink menu. Pictured is the Effen Cucumber Martini, which is a refreshing take on a classic cocktail, Effen Cucumber Vodka, agave syrup, mint, and a splash of lime.

Visit a nearby Duffy’s Sports Grill this month to experience the new healthy dishes yourself.

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1st : Smores/Boardwalk/Key Lime with Coconut
2nd: Glaze with Spring Sprinkle/Vanilla with Spring Sprinkle/Strawberry with Spring Sprinkle
3rd: Lemon with Coconut/Blueberry Pancake/Chocolate with Spring Sprinkle
4th: Key Lime/Bacon in the Sun/Key Lime with Graham Crackers Crumbs & Marshmallow Drizzle

Today, Duck Donuts nationwide released a NEW seasonal flavor and topping: Key Lime Icing & Spring Sprinkles, available for a limited time only.  Duck Donuts is my best friend & I’s favorite place to get donuts because all of their delicious vanilla cake donuts are served warm, fresh and made-to-order with a variety of flavors, toppings, and sauces so the possibilities are endless.  We were invited to try their new seasonal flavors, new breakfast, and donut sundae and we enjoyed our food and experience.  My donuts were made by an amazingly nice employee named Princess and when she brought out my beautiful donuts on a donut stand I genuinely felt like a princess.  Princess’ superior customer service will make you feel like royalty.

NEW Breakfast Sandwich – Sausage, Egg & Cheese with Chopped Bacon. I really enjoyed the spiciness from the sausage and the sweetness from the donut!

S’mores Donut Sundae – vanilla ice cream, melted chocolate and graham cracker crumbles onto a classic donut.

Be sure to check out Duck Donuts – Kissimmee next time you’re in the area!

Duck Donuts
710 Centerview Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 350-5832
duckdonuts.com

Assortment from DG Doughnuts
Assortment from DG Doughnuts

Oh, doughnut. How I love thee. You see, my love for this oh-so-sweet snack is pretty deep.

Every day seems to be a food holiday, but today happens to be a bit near and dear to my belly.

It’s National Doughnut Day, people!

To set the mood for this writing session, I warmed up a glazed doughnut from DG Doughnuts, and I must say it was definitely good.

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Major at Little Blue Donut Truck

Who knew these fried pieces of goodness had so much history? Dating back to the 1800s, doughnuts can be found around the globe in various countries from Israel to Finland.

Round, square, long, glazed, sprinkles, stuffed, plain— they really do come in all shapes and sizes.

Here in Central Florida, local bakeries are getting onboard with what food enthusiasts are craving and dishing out some unique sweets. Now I know that I didn’t include every shop. I’ve only included the ones I’ve visited, so please comment with your favorite spot.

If You Doughnut Know, Now You Know

Before you head to your favorite bakeshop, check out this handy guide below.

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Where To Get Your Fix

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Oreo doughnut from Donuts To Go

Around Town

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Mint Chocolate Chunk and Rosemary’s Berry doughnuts from Valhalla Bakery

Vegan Goodness 

Delivery Only 

I’m off to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival tonight, where I’ll be double-fisting Revolution Doughnuts! Follow me on Instagram at @MajorCreates with the hashtag #MajorTravels.

Snack on,

Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!

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Well, hello!

I’m Major, TastyChomps.com’s newest contributing food writer. To kicks things off, I’ve conducted a Q&A with myself (we all talk to ourselves, right?).

My stories will include everything from chef interviews, recipe features and industry news to kitchen gadgets, healthy eats, foodie fashion and even workout tips to keep the pounds off!

Check back for stories and send suggestions! And, if you catch me cruisin’ down Orlando Avenue sipping cold brew blasting NPR, holla at me!

Q: When did you fall in love with food? 

A: October 4, 2006 was the day that my love affair with food began. It all started with a sweet introduction to Blue Bird Bake Shop’s Downside Up cupcake.

Q: Where are you from and what do you do? 

A: I’m a New York native turned avid Orlandoan. By day, I’m publicist at a super cool PR/creative agency in downtown Orlando, and at night, I’m fighting the good fight against boring snacks as a foodpreneur with Project Pop, my organic kettle corn company.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work with top chefs and restaurants throughout the country, so I know my way around the kitchen. I am also obsessed with fitness, so check out my Instagram to follow my gym chronicles!

Q: What are you currently drinking? 

A: My everyday, fail-proof drink is Dandelion Communitea Cafe’s iced coffee with plain soy milk and one pump of agave. Go in, and tell them Major sent you. You will not regret it! I also just purchased a great bag of beans from Lucky Goat Coffee Co. in Tallahassee. It’s pretty amazing.

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Q: What is always in your fridge?

A: Homemade cold brew, coconut water and at least three different types of organic greens

Q: Where do you shop for groceries? 

A: You can find me on Saturday mornings at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, or shamelessly running around Trader Joe’s, while juggling 15 items in my hands.

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Q: What’s your earliest memory of food? 

A: My dad would sit me down for hours on Saturday mornings to sip water straight from fresh coconuts, while he watched karate movies. I have my dad to thank for my obsession with all things coconut.

Q: Current obsessions? 

A: Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar’s Vegan Tuna Melt,  Ashley Brooke Design tumblers, Bearded Brothers’ organic energy bars and Orlando-themed tanks from Go Big Tees.

Q: Where can we follow you on Instagram? 

A: @Majorcreates + @EatProjectPop

Snack on,
Chauniqua Major, but we’re friends so call me Major!

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Donut King is a family owned donut shop that opened in late 2007 in Minneola, Fl, and just a few months ago – they opened their second location on Howell Branch road, on the eastern edges of Winter Park / Casselberry.

Suffice it to say, this location is a lot closer to us on the east side than the Minneola one.

Unlike the first location, they are only open 5 a.m.-8 p.m daily.

What makes these donuts such a joy to eat? They’re soft, pillowy, and large – and quite delicious.

Throw your caution and diet to the wind before entering.

Some of the highlights are the glazed donut and the bacon maple glazed donut, but they have red velvet glazed, sprinkles, vanilla, pretty much all the favorites.

In addition to their donuts, they also have hot dog rolls, breakfast croissant sandwiches, and little slider hamburgers called castle burgers. They do not, however, have their jambalaya and fried chicken wings that is available in the first location…yet.

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Donut King
3716 Howell Branch Rd Winter Park, FL 32792
(321) 316-4817
http://www.thedonutking.com/
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October 13, 2014, we were invited to Krispy Kreme to see the behind the scenes operation and enjoy some fresh doughnuts. All doughnuts are made when the Hot sign is on and is made all by a machine. The only part of Krispy Kreme that isn’t operated by machines is packing the doughnuts into boxes and serving happy customers.

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Krispy Kreme plans on giving a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice Doughnut to anyone who wears his or her costume into a location on Halloween!

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Dough is on a “doughnut elevator” and slowly moves to the fryer. Once fried on one side, the next step is to flip the doughnuts one column at a time.

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The doughnuts move forward on the conveyor belt and out of the oil to allow excess oil to drip off and down into a safe section of the belt.

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My favorite part was when the doughnuts went under a glazing waterfall.

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This Fall season, Krispy Kreme offers Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Cheesecake as well as a number of Toasted Marshmallow stuffed doughnuts.

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In my opinion, the Pumpkin Spice is my favorite Fall season doughnut from Krispy Kreme. It is like heaven in every bite.

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Not only did we try doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, we also decorated our own doughnuts.

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This cash-only bakery has been in operation on Michigan Street for over 20 years. It may look a little run down and need of some upkeeping, but the donuts, bagels,& breakfast sandwiches are well worth the visit.

Many folks like the croissant bacon egg and cheese or bagel sandwiches, but on this visit I went straight for the donuts – moist, sweet, delicious. The flavors ranged from glazed to blueberry, apple, frosted, sprinkles, and many more. Try to get there early because by early afternoon, the selection is far less and many of the donuts raided by the locals.

Prices are very affordable, which explains the cash only policy, with half a dozen donuts for $4.25.

The owners seem to be friends with the folks at Sip ‘N Dip Donuts in St. Cloud, too.

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Stacks of donuts glowing under the flourescent lights

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Apple cinnamon donuts, sour cream, glazed, sprinkles

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We found out recently that there is a donut shop near by our house that makes all their donuts in house. With the recent opening of Donut King in Winter Park, it seems Orlando is ripe for a donut renaissance that would make even Homer J. Simpson proud.

Sip and Dip is located off of the main stretch of US-192 in sleepy St. Cloud. The place is run by a happy Thai couple and has been open for almost 20 years since opening here in 1996. The clientele is local and loyal, and I can see why.

The display case prominently placed in the center calls attention to your eyes immediately. The bright fluorescent lighting illuminates yellow trays of rainbow sprinkled glazed donuts, plump glazed bear claws, red velvet chocolate donuts, apple fritters, and many, many others. The display reminds me of Donut King for some reason, and even the smell and taste are similar – sweet and fluffy and altogether a delight to eat. One donut is $0.98, while buying in bulk at a dozen brings in an even better deal at $7.49 for a design. With quality and tastes like this, there is no reason ever to go back to the run of the mill Dunkin’ Donuts.

In addition to their heavenly donuts, Sip and Dip also offers a nice list of bagel and croissant sandwiches and kolaches, which are stuffed hot dog wrapped in bread with cheese and jalapeno peppers, fresh and hot.

The Thai owners even bring a taste of their home here with an assortment of Thai tea and flavored boba teas available for order.

I can’t wait to go back!

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Display case of wondrous donuts at Sip and Dip
Display case of wondrous donuts at Sip and Dip
Rainbow sprinkled vanilla frosting donuts
Rainbow sprinkled vanilla frosting donuts
Coconut and nuts donut
Coconut and nuts donut
Red velvet and more
Red velvet and more

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Assorted toys and gifts for the little ones
Assorted toys and gifts for the little ones
A beautiful mural of space and donuts - note, the big "dipper"
A beautiful mural of space and donuts – note, the big “dipper”
Bacon, egg, and cheese croissant - very good
Bacon, egg, and cheese croissant – very good
Jalapeno and cheese kolache hot dog in a bun
Jalapeno and cheese kolache hot dog in a bun
You know what's up
You know what’s up

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Sip and Dip Donuts – St. Cloud
Website: https://www.facebook.com/sipndip
Mon – Sat: 5:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 5:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sip & Dip Donuts on Urbanspoon

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First there was the Cronut and now the kind folks at the chocolate lover’s paradise – Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park (300 S. Park Avenue , Winter Park, Florida 32789) – have created the Broissant, a doughnut-croissant hybrid.

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Like any well-made, cronut-like dessert, the dough is carefully laminated– at Peterbrooke, this is a four-hour process. If you’re aren’t familiar with laminating — it is a baking term for a folding process of alternating layers of dough and butter when making pastries such as croissants and danishes. The more folds or “turns” laminated dough has, the more flaky the finished pastry will be.

The broissants are all made to order treats, coming in two sizes and include toppings:

Broissant (Full size with toppings): $4
Broissant Pépites (Three minis with toppings): $3

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Peterbrooke offers the following seasonal flavors of Broissants; however, additional flavors may be available upon request:

· Pumpkin Cheesecake *NEW*

· Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel

· Ceylon Cinnamon & Sugar

· Peanut Butter with Nutter Butter and Milk Chocolate Ganache

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Pepites and Broissants in dough form

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Owner Kevin Wray fires up the fryer to get the broissants in

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Freshly fried broissants to order, ready for toppings

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Cinnamon and cane sugar broissant

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Pumpkin cheesecake broissant

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Pumpkin cheesecake broissant

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Peanut butter with nutter butter and milk chocolate ganache

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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Broissant

 

 

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